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HIV and Aids Programme

We would like to acknowledge the work of Mr Joachim John Jacobs the Director of the HIV & AIDS Programme at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), by featuring one of the projects he worked on. Mr Jacobs was a beloved colleague, academic and social welfare practitioner. He passed away in July of this year at the age of 60 due to COVID-19-related illnesses.


Risk behaviour and leisure engagement amongst youth in rural South Africa and America

Engaging youth in prosocial activities such as leisure, education, employment, volunteering, family and community life can harness their potential to become contributing members of society. The project aims to describe specific risk behaviour including substance use, sexual risk, mental (ill)-health and antisocial behaviour amongst youth in rural areas of South Africa and the USA; Secondly, describe leisure engagement (time use and experience) amongst youth in rural areas of South Africa and the USA; Explore the perceptions of rural youth in South Africa and the USA regarding enablers and barriers to risk behaviour and healthy leisure engagement; Develop recommendations for interventions to promote youth engagement amongst rural youth in South Africa and the USA.


This project can be accessed on the CE Database




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